Official: Sam Allardyce appointed manager of West Ham United

'Big Sam' has taken control to try and help the Hammers back into the top flight.
Sam Allardyce has been appointed as the new manager of Championship side West Ham United.
exclusively revealed the decision to bring in Allardyce on Saturday and after intense media speculation over the last few days, the club confirmed the decision this morning.

The club issued a statement on its official website this morning reading:

“With full backing from the Board, he intends to sign several players to achieve that ambition and has pledged to instil ‘a winning mentality’ from day one at the Boleyn Ground.”

Allardyce is currently on a holiday in Spain but he outlined his excitement at starting the job.

"It is an honor to be the new manager of West Ham United,” Allardyce said. “It is a fantastic club with a great tradition and loyal supporters who deserve to be in the Premier League. I can't wait to begin pre-season training as I am determined to get this club back where it belongs."

The former Bolton and Newcastle boss also said there was no job out there "that excites me like the prospect of managing West Ham."

"I wouldn't have taken this job if I didn't think we could bounce straight back into the Premier League. More than that, I wouldn't have contemplated the job if I didn't think there was the opportunity to build something substantial at West Ham."

Some fans have questioned the appointment of the often direct playing manager, and Allardyce gave a response to those fans.

"I know there will be West Ham fans asking whether I'm going to abandon the style of play that's been the club's heritage over the years,” Allardyce added. "All I'll say is it will be a tale of home and away.

"At Upton Park we'll attempt to play the kind of passing game the fans want. We will aim to continue in the same way on our travels but we'll also be tough, hard to beat and utterly resilient."

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